About Alison Leigh Lilly

Alison Leigh Lilly dwells in the lovely, rain-drizzled cityscape of Seattle, where she shares her home with her brilliant and bearded husband, her black cat, two pet frogs, and innumerable cedar trees. Nurturing the earth-rooted, sea-soaked, mist-and-mystic spiritual heritage of her Celtic ancestors, she explores themes of peace, poesis and wilderness through essays, poetry and podcasting. You can learn more about her work on her website at: alisonleighlilly.com

To Gain the World: The Fight for Mauna Kea

“What good will it do a man if he gains the whole world, but loses his soul?” [Read more…]

What Would You Ask the (UUA) President?

As Pagan and earth-relating members of the larger UU community, we have a unique perspective and a unique role to play in this process of community discernment and discovery. [Read more…]

Bless the Waters Thrice: Making Environmentally Sustainable Offerings

Are we so busy trying to do ritual “correctly” that we fail to do it right? [Read more…]

Frost and Stone: Grounding Energy in Winter’s Dark

Alison Leigh Lilly decides it’s time for an Imbolc ritual, “The whole world seems to be cold fire and frenzied air.
This won’t do.” [Read more…]

Kid-Friendly, Earth-Friendly Yule Crafts

The kids are extra excited to be spending their first solstice with their new step-grandparents, and we’ve been working extra hard this year to make sure we have all of our gifts to each other and to the gods ready to go. Here are a few of the recipes we’ve used as we get ready for an earth-centered solstice… [Read more…]


We’re not exactly conspiracy theorists in our household, but we do tend to take the long, cynical view of history… [Read more…]

Creepy Clowns: A How-To Guide to Ending the Epidemic

[T]o rid ourselves of the creepy clown, we need only rediscover the deeper complexity and ambiguity of the clown as a sacred trickster and spiritual guide. [Read more…]

Behind the Mask: Inside the Creepy Clown Epidemic

“In many respects, it’s not an inversion of what we’re used to seeing, it’s just teasing out and amplifying those traits we’ve been seeing for a very long time.” [Read more…]

Everything You Need To Know About The Creepy Clown Epidemic (But Were Afraid To Ask) – Part 1

Hey, guys, time to cool the clown hysteria–most of em are good, cheer up the kiddies, make people laugh.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 3, 2016 [Read more…]

On Goats and Wasps: Ode to the Animals We Hate

I can’t help but also be reminded of something Chris Rock once pointed out: “See, it don’t make no sense to hate nobody. It doesn’t. Because whoever you hate will end up in your family.” [Read more…]